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Postgraduate Course: Climate Change and Corporate Strategy (PGGE11160)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course, climate change is approached from the lenses of organisational decision-makers who are time-starved and must juggle a complex array of information and priorities. Thus, more than an environmental challenge, in this course climate change is viewed as a trigger of market transition, where controls on greenhouse gas emissions will affect virtually all sectors of the economy to varying degrees. For some this transition represents risks and constraints, for others, an opportunity. Decision makers and leaders must therefore equip themselves with the strategic analytical tools necessary to analyse an organisation's positioning on climate change vis--vis competitors, interests and other strategic considerations. This course provides students with the tools to enable them to become world class strategists.
Course description Climate change is now widely regarded as a strategic issue with significant operational and financial implications for business. These implications form a complex web of interactions between climate change science, policy and economics. To succeed in such a complex and ever-changing world, there is a need for business practitioners and other stakeholders (such as NGOs, government, media and the general public) to have a deeper understanding of the present and future implications of climate change for business.

'Solving' the climate crisis requires input and involvement from the business sector across the globe. This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore and analyse the myriad of impacts of the climate crisis for business, the ways in which business can respond, and the wider implications of their responses for a range of stakeholders including the environment, shareholders, employees and consumers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  40
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%:

Assignment 1 (60%): due week 6

Group CE Assignment 2 (40%):
- Group presentation in week 10
- Group project write-up, due week 11


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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. High-level understanding of the complexity of strategically managing climate change within the context of an organisation
  2. Understanding of the landscape in which business organisations operate
  3. Familiarity with strategic tools and analytical frameworks
  4. Development of personal skills and abilities to understand and cope effectively with the challenges posed by climate change
  5. Integrate different dimensions of a problem, and apply both logic and judgement in the analysis of a given situation
Reading List
Patenaude, G. (2011). Climate Change Diffusion: While The World Tips, Business Schools Lag. Global Environmental Change-Human And Policy Dimensions
Hoffman A.J. (2006) Getting ahead of the curve: solutions that address climate change. Pew Centre on Global Climate Change
Porter, M. & Kramer, M. (2011) The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value, Harvard Business Review.
Hepworth, N. and Orr, S. 2013. Corporate Water Stewardship -Exploring Private Sector Engagement in Water Security. In: Lankford, B., Bakker, K., Zeitoun, M. and Conway., D. Water Security Principles, Perspectives & Practice. EarthScan
Additional Information
Course URL https://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/to/MScProgrDir.html
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPGGE11160 climate change,corporate strategy,carbon management
Contacts
Course organiserMrs Erika Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7048
Email: erika.warnatzsch@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Heather Penman
Tel: (0131 6)50
Email: heather.penman@ed.ac.uk
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